Two iconic regional artists illuminate the darkness this winter at ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Avenue S..Marcio Díaz, known for his signature Bubblism painting style, and Elaine Hanowell creator of the much beloved lighted fish at the Dahlia Lounge, present new work in Luminous, opening First Thursday, December 7, 5-8pm and showing through January 20. Through painting and sculpture, Diaz and Hanowell have developed personal techniques to express their fascination with the phenomenon of light. From Diaz’s interest in physics and the manifestation of light to Hanowell’s skill with shaping light through layers of different media, Luminous showcases two different approaches. Image at the right: Fall Remembrances by Marco Diaz.
Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with Casey McGlynn’s Look Through My Things, Figure Me Out, a title inspired by Kurt Cobain’s diaries, McGlynn’s newest body of work draws viewers into deeply personal scenes from his own autobiography. His paintings gesture toward a disjointed narrative concurrently familiar and strange, real and imagined.
Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue, presents a special exhibition of the works of Walter Quirk in honor of the celebrated artist’s 115th birthday. On view through December 31, WALTER QUIRT: A SCIENCE OF LIFE features paintings, works on paper, and drawings from 1942 to 1967, including rare pen and inks created in 1967 while researching data for his "Quirt Hypothesis" in the Yucatan, Mexico, sponsored by The University of Minnesota and The Ford Foundation. The show is the largest, most comprehensive exhibition of the artist since 1980, and the largest ever by a commercial gallery.
Gallery I|M|A , 123 S. Jackson, opens from 6-8pm with a celebratory Holiday Group Exhibition featuring a broad selection of paintings and sculptures (including ceramics, metal, glass, and various mixed media), from over 50 represented artists.
Harris/Harvey Gallery , 1915 First Avenue, presents Duets by nationally recognized artist Richard Morhous. This most recent body of work demonstrates the artist’s continuing fascination with representations of light on a two-dimensional plane, while also exploring the ways individual paintings might echo one another within a series. The artist will be present for the opening reception, held Thursday, December 7, 6 – 8 pm. Shown at the right: Nighthawks.
Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with work by Joe Max Emminger in an exhibition titled Our New Friends. Well known to Seattle audiences, he continues his optimistic and magnetic narratives where a cast of characters play, love, and interact. His people, animals, and objects possess a life force and magic that recall the canvases of Chagall.
Prographica /KDR Gallery, 313 Occidental Avenue, opens from 6-8pm with two solo exhibitions by local artists Fred Birchman (Seattle) and Kathy Gore Fuss (Olympia). Both artists’ work have been included in numerous group exhibitions at Prographica. This is each artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Shown at the left : Fred Birchman, "String Theory"
The SAM Gallery, 1300 First Avenue, thinks it’s time for a Color Excursion! Escape into exuberant artwork from Pacific Northwest artists who make vibrant, lively work ready to recharge your senses! Meet the artists at the opening reception of Color Excursion, Thursday, December 7, 6-7:30 pm.
STUDIO 103, 306 S. Washington Street, is a collaboration of 5 artists-in-residence in the Tashiro Kaplan Building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. New and emerging artists are featured each month along with our resident artists Zeynep Banu Alev, Lorri Falterman, Joy Hagen, Leslie West and Claudia Zimmerman. They are open from 3-9pm on First Thursday and during the TK Artists’ Open Studios on 2nd Saturday, December 9, 12 to 5pm.
Pioneer Square artists at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 115 Prefontaine Pl. S. , are having their 13th Annual Open House on First Thursday, December 7, 6pm – 10pm. This tight knit community of artists invites the public to join them in an International Celebration of Life and get a rare glimpse into their private studios and experience firsthand their new artistic work. Tashiro Kaplan has served as the heart of Pioneer Square’s artist community since 2004. Nestled on a city block just north of King Street station, the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts is a community of artists from a wide variety of disciplines– visual artists, dancers, writers, filmmakers, textile artists, musicians and more, all live together and collaborate on a variety of artistic projects.
The Stonington Gallery, `125 S. Jackson Street, opens from 6-8pm with “The Sky World.” This completes the three-year series of group exhibits began by “Resurgence: Rivers” and continued by “Into the Woods: Forests”. Now we look to the sky to finish this cycle of winter group shows focusing on the indelible ecosystem, landscape and mythic heritage of the Northwest. Welcomed back to the gallery is fine art jeweler Joan Tenenbaum to show the work in silver, gold and precious stones that she has been creating all year. As always, Tenenbaum is deeply inspired by the landscape, ecology, and animal life of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and draws the colors and textures of the region into her jewelry.
Traver Gallery, 110 Union Street, presents Torture and Deliriums Like These, a solo exhibition of paintings by contemporary artist, Gregory Grenon. This new series exempifies Grenon’s trademark expressive approach to narrative and color. Layers of movement, dimension, and expressiveness serve his main agenda, to gracefully and honestly give women a voice. A uniquely candid point of view underscores all of his portraits, giving the viewer a glimpse into the inner lives of his subjects and revealing moments of insecurity, determination, quietude, strength, and stoicism. Grenon was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship for painting and his work can be found in collections such as the Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, Microsoft Corporation, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, Portland Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Portland, OR, Seattle Art Museum and many more.
Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1201 Western Avenue, presents their 56th Annual Holiday Group Exhibition. The First Thursday opening reception is from 5:30-8:30pm. Shown at the right by Mark Tobey.